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Episode 153

Mubashar Iqbal

2016 @ProductHunt Maker of the Year. Making side projects for fun and profit.

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Mubashar Iqbal aka Mubs is the co-founder of BotList - and several other startups and side projects. Mubs is originally from Pakistan, but spent most of his early years living in England before moving to the US. Mubs has created a successful career in technology, working in several different industries. He’s also built several side projects over the last few years, winning Product Hunt’s Maker of the year in 2016. Mubs joins us to share his story, how he started his career in tech, why he works on side projects, how he transitions side projects into independent startups, what it’s been like building BotList, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Mubs got into tech and startups
  • Learn more about how Mubs approaches managing so many side projects
  • Learn more about what it's been like building BotList & transitioning it into a full time business
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Mubashar Iqbal aka Mubs is the co-founder of BotList - and several other startups and side projects.

Mubs is originally from Pakistan, but spent most of his early years living in England before moving to the US.

Mubs has created a successful career in technology, working in several different industries. He’s also built several side projects over the last few years, winning Product Hunt’s Maker of the year in 2016.

Mubs joins us to share his story, how he started his career in tech, why he works on side projects, how he transitions side projects into independent startups, what it’s been like building BotList, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:31
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:03
How did you transition from media and radio production into tech and entrepreneurship develop?

5:16
You’re the co-founder of BotList and we’ve had Seth on the show before, so we had the chance to speak with him about it, but can you tell us more about what that is and what motivated you to start it?

8:16
How do you think bots are going to continue to evolve and what about them has you so excited?

9:20
BotList has been growing like crazy. What’s it been like working on growing it with Seth over the last year or so?

11:34
What’s next for BotList?

12:20
You’ve built and launched a ton of side projects - over the last 2 years or so - winning Product Hunt Maker of the year in 2016. Why do you build so many things and what is it about side projects that you love?

13:50
How do you decide what projects to work on and how do you shift focus between projects to ensure that they’re still moving forward and hitting milestones?

15:04
What’s your approach or process for transitioning from side-projects to more full time businesses?

20:27
Are there any notable apps or tools that you’ve downloaded or used recently?

21:40
Do you have any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

23:14
Do you have any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Mubashar Iqbal on Twitter
Mubashar Iqbal on the web
BotList on Twitter
BotList on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Laravel
Forge
Mubs on Twitter
Peter Levels

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